Orders, Decorations and Medals (28 & 29 March 2012)

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Date of Auction: 28th & 29th March 2012

Sold for £55

Estimate: £60 - £80

Zeppelin Relic, a 15mm. length of wire contained in a Red Cross packet, 81 x 48mm., which reads, ‘Guarantee. This is a piece of the wire of the first Zeppelin brought down at Cuffley, Herts, September 3rd, 1916. The wire having been given to the British Red Cross Society by H.M. War Office, it is being sold to help the wounded at the front. Price 1/-’, good condition £60-80

Footnote

On the night of 3 September a force of 16 Army and Navy Zeppelins made for England. An army wooden framed Schutte Lanz dirigible was attacked and destroyed by Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson of 39 Squadron, R.F.C., the wreck falling to earth at Cuffley, Hertfordshire. Robinson was awarded the Victoria Cross (London Gazette 5 September 1916) for this action - the first zeppelin to be shot down in air combat. Sold with a ‘First Day Cover’ commemorating the event.